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5 Mixed Media Techniques to Try Today

Why stick to one art form when you can work your crafty magic with a whole handful in a single project? Mixed media is the perfect medium for the crafter who doesn’t want to hold anything back. By combining paints, fabrics, heat embossing, inks, and much more, you can let your imagination run wild – and that’s why we love it! If you want to get started on a new mixed media project, here are five techniques to try.

5 Mixed Media Techniques to Try Today

1. Collages

If you’re unsure of where to start, a mixed media journal is the perfect solution. Each page can be totally different, and you can truly let your creativity take centre stage by experimenting with different collages of textures and colours. Integrate as many different types of paper as you can find, from photos to torn scraps to die cut shapes. For a list of our favourite mixed media journal ideas, click here.

2. Integrate steampunk elements

The mix and match fantasy world of steampunk is a natural fit for mixed media projects. Hannah Oxberry will take you through the ins and outs of the trend with her framed artwork tutorial here. This project is all about layering different images and using paints and inks to create your desired effect.

3. Stencilling

Stencilling is a fantastic way to add different shapes and textures to a mixed media project, and Helen Kirkham’s tutorial will take you through a multitude of different stencilling techniques to create this art palette project. Experiment with adding texture by using relief paste through a stencil, stencil smooshing, using a wet wipe through a stencil and more.

4. Get crafty with your clothes

How about artwork that you can wear? You can practise a range of mixed media techniques while sprucing up an old T-shirt, jumper or pair of shoes. Add embroidered elements, sew on buttons or found scraps, tie-dye the fabric or draw a design with fabric paint – you can’t go wrong with the bright and sparkly Fashion Fabric Paint in Sparkle Raspberry From Plaid (521958).

5. Create an aged effect

Many mixed media projects embody a shabby chic look complete with elements that appear weathered with rust and age. Luckily, you don’t have to wait for nature to take its course – you can create this look in an instant with a few simple products. Distress oxide inks such as Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad in Bundled Sage (463732) combine water-reactive dye and pigment inks to create a vintage look when sprayed with water. Another simple option is ageing powder – follow the tutorial here to try this one out for yourself.